Patoranking, Diamond, Emtee and Kwesta will be joining previously announced performers including Alikiba, Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Ycee and Yemi Alade on the giant purpose-built MAMA stage at the Ticketpro Dome, venue of the continental awards night. Last year’s Best New Act winner Patoranking is again in contention for the 2016 awards – nominated this year for Best Male, where he goes head-to-head against last year’s winner, Tanzanian Bongo Flava star, Diamond. Patoranking also scored a second nomination in the 2016 awards for Best Collaboration for “No Kissing” feat. Sarkodie. After a standout year, Emtee received his first MAMA nod this year in the hotly contested Best Hip Hop category, while “Ngud” star Kwesta still has to learn if his scored a nod in MAMA 2016. The definitive annual celebration of African and international talent and achievement, MAMA 2016 recognizes and rewards musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The ceremony will feature stunning performances from African and international artists along with the show’s signature cross-genre and cross-border collaborations. MAMA 2016 according to the organizers, will celebrate African talent across 18 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Listener’s Choice and Best Group.